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Taking HIV drugs earlier could curb new infections
May 12th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Taking HIV drugs earlier could curb new infections

People living with HIV are less likely to pass on the virus to their sexual partners when they immediately receive medication.

An international study that included more than 1,700 couples showed that taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs immediately, instead of waiting for the immune system to be weakened,  led to a 96.3% reduction in HIV transmission to a sexual partner who does not carry the virus.

“We’ve speculated for a number of years, in theory, that treating an infected individual should reduce infectiousness to others,” said Dr. Sten Vermund, one of the investigators in the study.

“This was a rigorous clinical trial that proved the concept if you put people on ARVs even before they need it for their own health, it might reduce infectiousness to others.”

Instead of thinking of antiretrovirals strictly as a treatment tool, the medication could also be a prevention tool to curb new infections, said Vermund, who is the director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.

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Tri Challenge: What's my goal? What's my intention?
May 12th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Tri Challenge: What's my goal? What's my intention?

Lately I’ve been feeling a little anxious, as the triathlon date is fast approaching. It’s only 12 weeks away, and I feel that I still have a long way to go to get ready. While I know that I have become physically fit especially after the midway trip to Hawaii, I get a little overwhelmed at what I am about to do in a few months.

One of the coaches that I work with said that you can have goals and intentions. Every triathlete's goal is to finish the triathlon, but an intention is to have fun, be fit and happy. This really resonated with me as I reflected upon what I have accomplished so far. Yes, I am able to run, bike, and swim longer than I did three months ago, and yes, my goal is to finish the NYC triathlon. But my daily, weekly, and monthly intention is to be healthy, have fun with the people I train with, and pass along the knowledge I gain to others.

I was so focused on my goal that when my workouts didn’t go well I would get really disappointed. But focusing on my intention helps me to be “present” in the moment, without getting attached to the outcome. So, I am focusing on my short-term goals every week and I know that by race day, I will be as ready as I can be.


Who are you fantasizing about during sex?
May 12th, 2011
08:01 AM ET

Who are you fantasizing about during sex?

Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, blogs about sex on Thursdays on The Chart. Read more from him at his website, GoodInBed.

Tell the truth (or rather, think the truth): have you ever fantasized during sex about someone other than the person you’re actually having sex with? Perhaps there’s a particular celebrity that turns you on, or a former flame, or even (heaven forbid) a brother or sister-in-law?

Do taboo thoughts make their way into your most intimate real-life moments? If so, take a deep breath and relax. You’re not alone, in fact you’re probably in the majority. In one study published by The Journal of Sex Research, 98% of partnered men and 80% of partnered women said that they had fantasized about someone other than their partner during sex in the previous two months. Whew!

CNNHealth's sex expert blogger Ian Kerner stops by to talk about the rise in women using porn on HLN's The Joy Behar Show, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET

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